Former jump jockey Jeremy Mahot will honor the late Liam Treadwell by participating in the cross-Alps bicycle race. Mahot, 39, rode more than 70 winners before retiring in 2016 and now acts as head lad at the Oxfordshire yard of Noel Williams. Treadwell, winner of the 2009 Grand National, suffered a head injury following a fall at Bangor in 2016.
The Transalp Race spans 355 miles over (570 kilometres) seven days, including uphill ascents that total more than 18,000 altitude metres. Beginning on Sunday in Nauders in Austria and crossing both the Austrian and Swiss Alps, the race finishes in the Italian town of Riva del Garda.
Mahot set himself a fund-raising target of £5,000, with proceeds donated to brain injury charity Headway in memory of Treadwell, who died tragically June 23, 2020.
“I had my own personal battles with mental health at the start of the COVID pandemic, and a friend suggested mountain biking,” said Mahot. “I knew then that I wanted to do something to raise more awareness about the link between concussion and depression, particularly within the racing industry–then I heard about Bike Transalp.”
Donations can be made via: Fundraiser by Jeremy Mahot: Transalp4Treadwell: Raising Money For Headway (www.gofundme.com)